Tuesday, July 10, 2007


William Wordsworth
Poems of William Wordsworth selected by Elinor Parker
William Wordsworth was a poet of nature and revolution, and he wrote of human life, natural wonders, the beauty of the English countryside, and the mind of man.
Born 7 April 1770 in Cockermouth, Cumberland in north west England. His father was an attorney. Wordsworth was the 2nd of 4 sons, and 1 sister that he remained close to all of his life. He walked often, often taking walking tours. He went to France, and loved, but did not marry an Annette Vallon, they had a daughter Caroline. Wordsworth returned to England, but did not loose touch with them. He later met Coleridge, Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy moved to be near him, she started her journals in 1798. In 1798 Wordsworth and Coleridge put together a collection on a new way of poetry, "Lyrical Ballads", this was the real start of the Romantic Movement in English poetry. This collection had 23 poems including "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner."
An important quote from Wordsworth is "poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings from emotions recollected in tranquility." Wordsworth and Dorothy moved back to the lake district area, and he later married and had 5 children. Wordsworth and Coleridge's relationship began to deteriate and they were estranged by 1810, the reason for this could have been Coleridge's addiction to opium. In later years Dorothy suffered from a mental illness, until she was no longer able to live a normal life. Wordsworth was made Poet Laureate in 1843 by Queen Victoria. He died 23 April 1850 at age 80. He died on Shakespeare's birthday.
Poet Laureate is officially appointed by a government and often expected to compose poems for state occasion and other government events.
Dorothy's journals were found amongst other papers in 1931 in the lake district home Dove Cottage, the home was bought by Beatrix Potter and she had been the one to find Dorothy's journal's. The journals were published in 1933, and entitled the "Grasmere Journal."

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